MPCAA provides superb senior services

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By Shannon Brock

With spring feeling like it has already sprung, Spencer Countians are undoubtedly getting an itch to be out and about.

For the county’s more seasoned population, ages 60 and over, the Multi-Purpose Community Action Senior Center just might be the place to be.
The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at 44 Creekside Drive.
Seniors can come by for a hot meal, and so much more, said Ginger Goodlett, site manager for the Spencer and Shelby County centers.
The center provides exercise programs, as well as educational, arts and crafts opportunities.
Seniors in need can also get boxed lunches to assist them on the days when the center is closed, Goodlett said.
The center also has a pool table, and each Thursday evening around 5 p.m. several of the men and women come out for pool night and they fix a meal to share, she said.
Some seniors drive themselves to the center, but Wheels transportation is also available during the daytime hours, Goodlett said.
The center currently serves between 15 and 20 seniors each week, with some participating in the telephone reassurance program, where employees or volunteers call to check on seniors who can’t get out as much as they used to.
Speaking of volunteers, Goodlett said that’s something the center can always use.
“We need volunteers bad,” she said.
Anyone interested in becoming a sustainable, reliable volunteer can call the center at 477-8296 on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or stop by any time and ask Jill Whitehouse for a volunteer application.
Volunteers must undergo a background check, which only takes a couple days to process, Goodlett said.
“We’re open to have people join us,” she said. “We invite people to come out and join us.”